Originally Posted by Trades
My kids go through more anti-bullying, anti-drinking and anti-drug training in their public school in 1 year than I ever had as a kid in 13 years (K-12). They both play rec sports and my older daughter is on 3 school teams. My younger daughter is in band and chorus and in the school play. They both take the same number of test as all the other public school kids and play video games. Neither one is showing a propensity toward violence.
There are a lot of things that have changed in children's lives that make up who they are but from my perspective I find it to be a severe lack of community, parenting, family and social awareness. I am not a big religion guy by any means (never go to church and consider myself an agnostic at best) but I have to throw in that the lack of that social compass and community might have something to do with it as well.
What I will agree with Cop on is that main streaming is not working for the most part. I will also add that thinking everyone should go to college and celebrating every difference as though it is good and acceptable is a HUGE issue in how we are raising our kids.
Interesting and articulate. I was chatting in the office today about bullying. In the 9th grade I had a LOT of acne and was picked on. Started lifting weights and one day I clocked a guy straight up. I just hit a tipping point and unloaded on him with NO warning.
Guns never crossed my mind. Didnt know anyone who had any and wouldn't know how to use them. That said..a different kid, pushed a little harder than I was, growing up in a hunting family who taught him how to shoot etc...
Point is...the addressing of bullying is a pretty good step by our schools.
Every school should put a "totalled car" in front of the entrance saying THIS is texting and driving. Kidding but you get the idea.